Nashik on edge after Dalit teen ‘rapes’ 5-year-old Maratha girl

The incident comes barely three months after a 14-year-old was gangraped and murdered in Kopardi village of Ahmednagar district.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: October 10, 2016 1:48 pm
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A DAY after a minor girl from the Maratha community was allegedly sexually abused by a teenaged Dalit boy, locals from Talegaon village in Nashik’s Trimbakeshwar town torched government buses on Sunday and pelted stones at the convoy of Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan. The mob also attacked the car of Nashik Inspector General of Police Vinaykumar Choube. The villagers took to the streets after Mahajan, who is also the Guardian Minister of Nashik, said it was a case of “attempt to rape” and not that of rape, as alleged by the villagers.

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“We have invoked Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (rape) and certain sections of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The accused, who is a minor, has been arrested,” said Nashik District Collector Radhakrishnan B.

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He added that the priority was to control the law and order situation. “Some buses and private vehicles were set ablaze by the mob. We have sent more policemen in the area and our immediate priority is to bring the law and order situation under control,” said Radhakrishnan.

The incident comes barely three months after a 14-year-old was gangraped and murdered in Kopardi village of Ahmednagar district. Since the July 13 incident, Maharashtra has been witnessing silent protests by Marathas across the state, who are demanding amendment to the SC/ST atrocities Act.

While the police have invoked rape charge based on the statement of the five-year-old victim, they have sent the girl’s blood and urine samples and vaginal swabs for chemical analysis.

According to a relative, the alleged crime took place Saturday afternoon. The victim was playing with her seven-year-old sister in their courtyard when the accused allegedly lured the girls with chocolates. He then took the girls to an abandoned school building nearby and allegedly started abusing them. While the seven-year-old managed to escape, the five-year-old could not, said the relatives.

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“The elder sister managed to flee and raised an alarm. The parents rushed to the spot along with a few villagers and caught the accused red-handed,” said a relative. “The girl was badly bruised,” claimed the relative.

The police, however, said no serious injuries were seen on the victim’s body. “However, since the victim is a minor, inappropriate touching also amounts to rape under the amended provision of IPC and the new Act,” said a senior police officer.

As the news spread, angry villagers staged a ‘rasta roko’ in adjoining Wadovhare, Ghoti and Anjaneri-phata areas Saturday night. Most villagers were assembled through various WhatsApp groups. A group also protested at the Nashik Civil Hospital and demanded that the victim be examined by a female doctor.

However, relatives of the victim alleged that the medical report was changed from ‘rape’ to ‘attempt to rape’ by the hospital staff. The hospital, however, said there was only one report and that was submitted to the police Saturday night.

The situation went out of control Sunday, with a mob torching buses and attacking private vehicles at Talegaon. Police had to lob teargas shells and fire some rounds in the air.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the Nashik case would be fast-tracked and the culprit subjected to stern punishment. Assuring that the police would immediately file the chargesheet and justice would be delivered, he urged people not to resort to violence.

Meanwhile, many schools in the district have decided to remain closed on Monday.

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    Enemy of
    Jan 6, 2017 at 1:21 pm
    Sahi bola mere Bhai.... In loogon aakal tabhi aayegi....I don't understand one thing that why is our government is partial between the Dalit community and common people....
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      Saurabh
      Oct 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm
      Nashik protests was used as trigger for Fadnavis to intervene in the Maratha issues
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        Saurabh
        Oct 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm
        Shame on Marathas, on one hand our army is protecting us and on other hand these crooked mentality people are burning public properties even when rape is not proved.
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          Saurabh
          Oct 10, 2016 at 3:14 pm
          There is a huge difference between victim's relatives and police version. People demanding reservation and removal of Atrocities Act can go to any lowest level to fulfill their demands. Marathas are making up stories to marginalize Dalits.
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            Shekhar
            Oct 10, 2016 at 6:52 am
            Thanx for highlighting DALIT boy and MARATHA girl.......
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              indian
              Oct 11, 2016 at 1:24 am
              This is worst example of cheap journalism.
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                Akash Dhiware
                Oct 12, 2016 at 8:10 am
                pls dont give cast connotations to crime and further escalate tensions.crime is a crime.you should consider rather investigate motive first give evidences and then give a cast connotation.ty
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                  amrut tembkar
                  Oct 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm
                  Shame "The Indian Express" for being judgmental
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                    arvind
                    Oct 10, 2016 at 9:09 pm
                    वाह भाई वाह, लड़का लड़की का बलात्कार करता है तो कोई दंगा नहीं होता... निर्भय कांड में भी किसी ने बसें नहीं जलाईं, किसी को पता भी नहीं की बलात्कार करने वाले की जाती क्या थी और लड़की की जाती क्या थी.. lt;br/gt;परन्तु यहाँ न्यूज़ चैनल हैडलाइन दे रहा है की दलित ने मराठी का बलात्कार किया.!! अरे भाई एक दरिन्दे ने एक मासूम का बलात्कार किया है..lt;br/gt;ये हिंसा दो चीजें बताती कई..lt;br/gt;प्रथम भले ही बलात्कार करना है तो अपनी जाति की लड़की का करों, lt;br/gt;ऊँची जाती वाला नीची जाति वाले का बलात्कार कर सकता है, lt;br/gt;परन्तु एक दलित किसी का बलात्कार नहीं कर सकता...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;उत्तरप्रदेश में भी कुछ ऐसी ही घटनाएं हुई है,,, एक मुस्लिम और एक हिन्दू गाड़ी सवार की टक्कर हो गयी तो . दंगे ही भड़क गए.. एक मुस्लिम ने एक हिन्दू लड़की हो छेड़ दिया तो दंगे भड़क गए....lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;हम भारतीय, और खास कर ऊँची जात वाले, अपराधी को सजा देने में भी जातिवादी हैं.... घृणा करने में भी जातिवादी हैं... lt;br/gt;और देखना है की राहुल गाँधी, मायावती और मोदी उस लड़की से मिलने पहुंचाते हैं की नहीं...lt;br/gt;जनता को समझना चाहिए... जाति और धर्म,, सिर्फ बांटने और राज करने वालों ने बनाये हैं.
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                      aggrieved indian
                      Oct 10, 2016 at 12:06 am
                      Police must have changed medical reports....
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                        Bhagavath B S
                        Oct 10, 2016 at 12:35 am
                        RAPE NEWS ARE CREATED BY NEWS MEDIA FOR BURNING GOVT VEHICLES AND DAMAGING GOVT PROPERTY.DALIT GIRL RAPED, OTHER GIRLS ARE NOT IMPORTENT?
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                          Bhasker Tiwari
                          Oct 9, 2016 at 11:45 pm
                          terrorist have no religion but rapist have cast and religion....wah
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                            Kaliyug
                            Oct 10, 2016 at 1:42 pm
                            The media should not report this crime as one committed by a Dalit against a Maratha, instead it should just name the suspect and how he got caught. After 70 years of independence there should be no caste based callings, everyone should be Indian and proud to be called Indian. As long as people are clified under various caste based names, there is going to be some kind of animosity and discrimination, this can only end by not addressing the problems in a caste based category.
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                              whats up
                              Oct 11, 2016 at 5:17 am
                              at least they dare to mention that he is so called " dalit"lt;br/gt;becoz every time this happen to any dalit they always mention "we are dalit and we are the only oppressed community " even if there parents work have high profile jobs in the govt lt;br/gt;and by using that stupid , biased discriminatory law they torture other community people lt;br/gt;even try to grab there other community land and lodge fake atrocity case lt;br/gt;but if something happened to them there leader suddenly feel why u r using cast label to mention we are dalit what hypocrite they are and shame on ambedkar legacy
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                                whats up
                                Oct 11, 2016 at 5:19 am
                                ye sab prvachan un logo ko batwo jinhone rape kiya ek bar nahi ye Dusribar huwa hain is ka saf saf matlab hain unko kisi ka bhai nahi hain
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                                  Reader
                                  Oct 10, 2016 at 3:44 pm
                                  Media must take utmost care on such sensitive issues ..why there is such need to highlight the cast of accused or of victim ??? Rapist is RAPIST and victim is VICTIM
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                                    Hambir Patil
                                    Oct 12, 2016 at 4:25 am
                                    Surely there are more Marathas serving in the army than your people.
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                                      Hambir Patil
                                      Oct 12, 2016 at 4:26 am
                                      You are sick. See a shrink.
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                                        Lav Kumar
                                        Oct 10, 2016 at 4:05 am
                                        a matter of inappropriate touching is made as rape by these barbarian laws. its very wrong to invoke rape case for just touching
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                                          Arunkumar
                                          Oct 13, 2016 at 3:22 am
                                          It is our useless judiciary who dont give strict timely punishment to such culprit and case goes on. The lower court judge is an as his judgement is overruled by high court. The high court judge is another whose judgement is overruled by Supreme court. Supreme court judges are confused, giving capital punishment than if some one put stay, they cancel it.
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                                            Arunkumar
                                            Oct 13, 2016 at 3:17 am
                                            Well said.
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